Racial Stereotypes

Racial Stereotypes

According to Goodman (2013) a 16-year-old teenager was shot dead by plainclothes police officers on the night of 9th March 2013. According to the statement given by the two plain officers, the teenager was initially in a group of men at around 11:30 pm before separating himself from the group. The teenager, identified as Kimani Gray, adjusted his waistband in a manner that seemed suspicious to the police. The officers opted to go and question the teenager and in return, as the police claim, he pointed .38 caliber Rohm revolver at the police. Two officers immediately fired shot to the teenager who was pronounced dead a few minutes later. The claims that follow this incident from the parents of the teenager are that their child was unarmed and that it was entirely an act of racial discrimination.

While it might be difficult to establish the truth between the claims of the parents and the statements recorded by the police officers, the loss of life is wrong and no human has the right to take the life of another human. The child might have been a victim of circumstance. Everything might have pointed out as him being a member of a street gang or other criminal groups. The adjustment of his waistband might also have triggered the officer’s actions. However, considering the fact that all the officers were White-Americans operating in plain clothes in a black-populated population, one might consider that the officers were simply racial stereotypes and decided to take advantage of the situation to gun down the teenager. One might question the intentions of the teenager if the claims of the police were true. There is no way the teenager would handle over two police officers with one gun. In the end, he would probably be murdered. As such, he would have surrendered willingly if he had the gun. 

Anti-racism strategies vary depending on context, geographical location among others but the most common strategy is to identify racial and ethnic differences between the different groups in terms of social, economic and political state. These are the main areas of contention where certain race feels oppressed while others feel they have the rights over the others. According to Omi & Winant (2014) economic, social and political difference between races need to settled if a permanent solution to racism is to be realized. 

 

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